WORLD : 82 Dead in Crash of Jetliner in Libya
Authorities said at least 82 people were killed today when a Korean Air DC-10 jetliner crashed short of a fogbound airport in Tripoli, Libya, and cartwheeled through an olive grove.
It was the second crash of a DC-10 in eight days. A United Air Lines DC-10 crashed in Sioux City, Iowa, on July 19, killing 111 people.
The Korean plane, carrying 199 people, hit two houses and cars and split into three flaming pieces before it came to rest about half a mile from the airport, the official Libyan news agency said in a report monitored in Rome. Four people on the ground were killed and more than 110 people were hospitalized, officials said.
A diplomat at the South Korean Embassy in Tripoli, who identified himself only as Mr. Chun, said the plane approached the airport in heavy fog. He said there was no mechanical problem or explosion.